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that platform. >>> israel is preparing to escalate its military operations against hamas in gaza. troops in armored vehicles are gathering on the border and 16,000 israeli reservists have been called up. israel's defense minister is also seeking to mobilize as many as 75,000 more. also today, hamas launched rockets at jerusalem. that marks a serious escalation of the conflict that began when israel assassinated the military chief of hamas in response to a hamas rocket attack on israel. >>> closer to home, hundreds are protesting the violence in the middle east outside the israeli consulate in san francisco. pro-palestinian demonstrators say israeli air strikes are attacking innocent civilians. there are a few dozen israel supporters at the same location. they say continuous rocket attacks from hamas have left israel no choice but to take action. israel's consul-general in san francisco warns that things could get more serious. >> at the moment there are about 4.5 million israelis in bomb shelters including my family. this is unstainable. the government must protect its people. that's the
as a state. the upgraded status recognizes the palestinian state's borders before israel took land from them in 1957. it also gives the palestinians access to the international criminal court where they could file war crime charges against israel. palestinian president mahmoud abbas made his case for statehood to the united nations. >> palestine comes today to the general assembly because it believes in peace and because its people have proven in past days are in desperate need of it. >> the u.s. sides with israel saying direct talks is the only way to achieve peace. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton called the vote unfortunate and counterproductive. >>> for some, it is the end of an era and others, the end of a battle. after four decades a northern california oyster farm will be shutting down. today u.s. interior secretary ken salazar decided not to renew the lease for drakes bay oyster company. the farm's lease on drake's estero expires tomorrow. salazar said it should be returned to the wilderness. supporters including senator dianne feinstein had defended the oyster farm and called
. >>> a new round of rocket attacks threatens to push israel and palestinians to the brink of all-out war. palestinian militants in gaza fired more than 100 rockets today killing three people in southern israel. israel responded with a series of air strikes designed to hit underground rocket launching sites. it all comes one day after israeli forces assassinated the powerful military chief of hamas. the white house came out in support of israel and condemned hamas for the rocket attacks. >>> oil giant bp will pay a record $4.5 billion criminal penalty for its disastrous 2010 gulf oil spill. that's on top of the $20 billion that the company already set aside to cover damage claims. bp pleaded guilty today to a dozen felony counts for the deadly rig explosion that triggered the spill and for lying to congress about how much oil was gushing into the gulf. two company executives also face manslaughter charges. >>> police had to break up a protest outside a uc board of regents meeting in san francisco this morning. it's after a crowd of students and employees began blocking off streets around
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